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Trial starts in child sex trafficking case
One co-defendant sentenced before trial
Hall County Court Appointed Special Advocate Alina Basha tears up as she gives testimony Tuesday morning in Hall County Superior Court during the sex trafficking trail of Gainesville residents Maria Mercedes Vasquez-Quiroz and Digno de Jesus Mejia.
Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Gainesville residents charged with the sex trafficking of a girl. Maria Mercedes Vasquez-Quiroz and Digno de Jesus Mejia were indicted in February 2014 in alleged connection to the trafficking of a girl younger than 10 for sexual servitude. “I would ask each and every one of you to have a brave heart,” said Hall County Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva to the jury pool before entering a round of general questions.